DON KETCHUM is a native of Phoenix. He was a sportswriter for The Arizona Republic/The Phoenix Gazette for nearly four decades. He covered high school sports on several occasions as well as the Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Cardinals and Arizona State sports. From 2008-14, he was a staff writer for, the web site of the Arizona Interscholastic Association.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Hoops will host Red Mountain in "play-in' game

The Xavier Prep campus will be busy on Thursday night (Feb. 13).

The school’s soccer team will host a previously announced 6A Conference “play-in’’ game, and on Wednesday (Feb. 12), the basketball team received word that it, too, will host a play-in.

The soccer game will have Yuma Cibola paying a visit to Petznick Field. The basketball team (17-10) was the No. 10 in Arizona Interscholastic Association power points and will host a play-in game at the Activity Center against No. 23 Mesa Red Mountain (8-18).

Game times are 6 p.m. for soccer and 7 p.m. for basketball.

Play-in winners will advance to the first round of their respective state tournaments, soccer on Saturday (Feb. 15) and basketball on Tuesday (Feb. 18).

Go Gators !!

6A basketball play-in games

All games, Thursday at 7 p.m.

(Seedings in parentheses)

Laveen Cesar Chavez (24) at Phoenix Mountain Pointe (9), Mesa High (17) at Tucson High (16), Phoenix North (18) at Phoenix Desert Vista (13), Mesa Mountain View (21) at Yuma Cibola (12), Glendale Mountain Ridge (22) at Scottsdale Chaparral (11), Avondale Westview (20) at Gilbert Highland (13), Chandler Basha (19) at Anthem Boulder Creek (14), Mesa Red Mountain (23) at Xavier Prep (10).

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